Friday, January 29, 2010

Iron Man Soars onto DVD!



THIS JUST IN! TV Show on DVD has reported that both seasons of the 90s Iron Man series will be coming to DVD in a 3-disc set! Just like the X-Men releases, this set is under the "Marvel DVD Comic Book Collection". It will be released on May 4, just in time to coincide with the release of Iron Man 2 in theatres.

Arriving on the same day (contrary to previous reports) is X-Men, Volume 5, the last volume of the 90s X-Men series.

Hulk vs the Red King




Here's another Planet Hulk clip. The DVD and Blu-ray drops on Tuesday!

Weekend Round-Up - January 29-31



Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the US:

Friday, January 29, 2010
Cartoon Network, 7:30pm (ET/PT)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Make Way for the Metal Men!


Batman is introduced to a team of energetic androids known as the Metal Men. When their creator goes missing at the hands of the Gas Gang, Batman helps them track the villains to get him back.

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Cartoon Network, 7:30pm (ET/PT)
The Marvel Super Hero Squad Show - Wrath of the Red Skull!


It's Captain America's birthday, and all he wants to do is celebrate with his fellow Squaddies and ol' buddy Nick Fury. But when Dr. Doom gets the horrific idea to thaw out his villain idol, the infamous WWII menace Red Skull, all bets are off.



Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the Canada:

Sunday, January 31, 2010
Teletoon, 12:00pm (ET/PT)
Iron Man: Armored Adventures - Chasing Ghosts


A hit's been placed on Tony Stark, and the Ghost has come to collect. Tony can't even see the invisible and untouchable Ghost coming… but he's got a guardian angel, whether he likes it or not.

Please Note:
  • The season two premiere of Batman: the Brave and the Bold has not yet been scheduled.
  • Super Hero Squad Show will return soon with all-new episodes.



  • And don't forget about the world premiere of new Black Panther episodes in Australia:

    Saturday, January 30, 2010
    BET, 8:15pm
    Black Panther - Episode 5


    With Wakanda under siege from Klaw's team of super-villains, the Black Panther confronts the Black Knight in aerial combat; Princess Shuri must defend herself against the deadly Radioactive Man.

    Saturday, January 30, 2010
    BET, 8:35pm
    Black Panther - Episode 6


    Klaw has taken control of Wakanda, and the Black Panther races against time to save his nation from destruction.

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    Black Panther



  • Episode Guide
  • Theme Song


  • Black Panther is a joint project between Marvel Animation and the BET Network. Reginald Hudlin, the CEO of BET at the time this series was in production, was the writer for the Black Panther comic book from 2004-2009. His first storyarc, Who is the Black Panther became a hit in the comic book world and it wasn't long before Hudlin chose to adapt that story into an animated series.

    The six-episode mini-series directly adapts the six-issue storyarc with minor changes. The artwork is lifted directly from the panels of John Romita, Jr.'s comic book art and animated using Flash by Titmouse Animation.

    Main Cast

    Black Panther - Djimon Hounsou
    Dondi Reese - Alfre Woodard
    Everett Ross - David Busch
    General Wallace - Stan Lee
    Princess Shuri - Kerry Washington
    Queen Mother - Alfre Woodard
    Storm - Jill Scott

    Allies

    Captain America - Adrian Pasdar
    Cyclops - Nolan North
    T'Shan - Phil LaMarr
    Uncle S'Yan - Carl Lumbly
    Wolverine - Kevin Michael Richardson

    Villains

    Batroc - JB Blanc
    Black Knight - JB Blanc
    Juggernaut - Peter Lurie
    Klaw - Stephen Stanton

    Black Panther




    The six-episode Black Panther mini-series first aired on the Australian ABC3 network in January 2010. It is supposed to air on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Network mid-2010 but no official date has yet been set.

    Ep #Episode TitleProd #Airdate
    1Episode 1 January 16, 2010
    2Episode 2 January 16, 2010
    3Episode 3 January 23, 2010
    4Episode 4 January 23, 2010
    5Episode 5 January 30, 2010
    6Episode 6 January 30, 2010


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    Black Panther Theme Song













    The music for the Black Panther mini-series was composed by Stephen James Taylor who has scored many cartoon series over the past 25 years, including Tiny Toon Adventures, G.I. Joe, Teacher's Pet and Mickey Mouseworks.

    Taylor uses his talents to bring to life the tribal world of Wakanda while blending it with modern day hip hop and urban beats. He is no stranger when it comes to scoring jungle themed cartoons, having previously worked on Marsupilami, Timon and Pumbaa and Jungle Cubs for Disney.

    This title sequence is unique in that it gives credit to the voices actors at the beginning of the show rather than at the end. this is a practice not commonly seen in animated television shows since there are not usually high-profile names to highlight. Spider-Man: the New Animated Series also credited the main cast in the theme song.











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    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    Make Way for the Metal Men!



    Here is a sneak peek of this Friday's episode of Batman: the Brave and the Bold. Clash of the Metal Men will air on Friday, January 29 at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. This will be the very first time the Metal Men have appeared in animation! Based on the clips below, I'd say they were made for this medium!

    Batman is introduced to a team of energetic androids known as the Metal Men. When their creator goes missing at the hands of the Gas Gang, Batman helps them track the villains to get him back.







    Check out Gotham Knights Online for a ton of pictures of the episode!

    Monday, January 25, 2010

    Black Panther Episode Descriptions



    Here is the complete list of episode descriptions for BET's Black Panther six-episode mini-series. The airdates listed are for the Australian airings on ABC3.

    Episode One, January 16, 2010, 8:15pm

    In a top-secret Washington meeting, Intelligence Agent Everett Ross briefs the government on the history of the Black Panther, the warrior king of the African nation, Wakanda. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, the Black Panther must compete to defend his throne in hand-to-hand combat. Featuring the voices of Djimon Hounsou, Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard and Jill Scott.

    Episode Two, January 16, 2010, 8:35pm

    Having been crowned the new Black Panther, T'Challa must contend with jealousy in the royal court while searching for the man who murdered his father. Unbeknownst to him, a deadly assassin named Klaw is assembling a team of super-villains to attack Wakanda.

    Episode Three, January 23, 2010, 8:15pm

    A young T'Challa travels to Egypt and encounters Storm of the X-Men. While preparing to attack Wakanda, Klaw recalls how he assassinated the previous Black Panther.

    Episode Four, January 23, 2010, 8:35pm

    Juggernaut and the Black Knight spearhead the attack on Wakanda, and the Black Panther learns the truth about his father's murder.

    Episode Five, January 30, 2010, 8:15pm

    With Wakanda under siege from Klaw's team of super-villains, the Black Panther confronts the Black Knight in aerial combat; Princess Shuri must defend herself against the deadly Radioactive Man.

    Episode Six, January 30, 2010, 8:35pm

    Klaw has taken control of Wakanda, and the Black Panther races against time to save his nation from destruction.

    Just to clarify, the episodes do not have individual titles. I asked producer Cort Lane to verify this, and here is what he had to say:

    No ep titles. It's a 6-part miniseries, so the eps don't need individual titles.

    A Firestorm is Coming!


    Next Friday, Firestorm will be making his first animated appearance since Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, 25 years ago! A Bat Divided will air Friday, February 5 at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network.

    A school field trip goes awry when Dr. Double X causes a lab explosion that fuses slacker science teacher Ronnie to his genius pupil Jason, creating the reluctant hero Firestorm…and unbeknown to them, it leaves Batman divided into three parts!

    Based on that synopsis, the current Firestorm, Jason Rusch, will be fused with the original Firestorm, Ronnie Raymond. This is a major change to the character seeing as Ronnie Raymond died which led to Jason inheriting the job.

    Also, listen to James Tucker and Michael Jelenic as they talk about Brave and the Bold and a few of the surprises in store for season two! Listen here!

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    Weekend Round-Up - January 22-24



    Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the US:

    Friday, January 22, 2010
    Cartoon Network, 7:30pm (ET/PT)
    Batman: The Brave and the Bold - Sidekicks Assemble!


    Aqualad, Robin and Speedy have had it with being bossed around and demand a piece of the action, but they get more than they bargained for when they find themselves facing off against Ra's Al-Ghul and his flying island!

    Saturday, January 23, 2010
    Cartoon Network, 7:30am (ET/PT)
    The Marvel Super Hero Squad Show - The Ice Melt Cometh!


    Doom sends out his "Team Toxic" to melt the polar icecaps. While Flatman and Reptil are lecturing on the dangers of global warming, the icecap melts and begins to flood the whole world! The earth's only hope is a cranky Iceman... if Iron Man can convince him, that is.



    Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the Canada:

    Sunday, January 24, 2010
    Teletoon, 12:00pm (ET/PT)
    Iron Man: Armored Adventures - Fun With Lasers


    The Living Laser is back and more dangerous than ever. He's increased his power, taken control of a space station, and has the world in his grasp… but can't think of anything to do with it. So he demands that Iron Man come fight him.

    Please Note:
  • The second season premiere of Batman: the Brave and the Bold has not yet been scheduled.
  • Marvel Super Hero Squad Show will return soon with new episodes.



  • And let's not forget about the world premiere of Black Panther:

    Saturday, January 23, 2010
    ABC3, 8:15pm
    Black Panther - Episode 3


    A young T'Challa travels to Egypt and encounters Storm of the X-Men. While preparing to attack Wakanda, Klaw recalls how he assassinated the previous Black Panther.

    Saturday, January 23, 2010
    ABC3, 8:35pm
    Black Panther - Episode 4


    Juggernaut and the Black Knight spearhead the attack on Wakanda, and the Black Panther learns the truth about his father's murder.

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    Planet Hulk Arena Battle Clip



    Here is a new clip, just released, that shows off a bit of Planet Hulk's PG-13 rating!

    Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    Planet Hulk Character Designs



    Marvel.com has posted 18 new images of character designs for the upcoming Planet Hulk DVD and Blu-ray. Here are a few: Hulk, Elloe, Korg and the Red King.



    Enter: Dormammu!




    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 5
    Season Episode Number: 5
    Production Number: 105
    Airdate: October 10, 2009

    Writer: Charlotte Fullerton
    Director: Patty Shinagawa

    Voices: Tom Kenny (Iron Man, Captain America, Juggernaut), Dave Boat (Thor), Travis Willingham (Hulk, Human Torch), Alimi Ballard (Falcon), Mikey Kelley (Silver Surfer), Steve Blum (Wolverine), Roger Rose (Dr. Strange), Jennifer Morrison (Wasp), Charlie Adler (Dr. Doom, Sabretooth), Robert Englund (Dormammu).

    Plot: Super Hero City is super wacky today, which causes Doctor Strange, who is acting more strange than usual, to open a portal to the Dark Dimension. Who should emerge? The Dread Dormammu!

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): I am a bit amused at some of the characters chosen for this show. Since the show is targeted at a younger age group, I figure that they would stick to the 'suitable for all ages' characters, villains especially, since they seem to be quite a bit less moral than the heroes.

    The star villain in this episode is Dormammu, a villain that is a complete manifestation of pure evil magic. There are few characters that get more evil than Dormammu.

    However, to go along with the 'suitable for all ages' angle, Dormammu has been turned into a prankster. All he does in this episode is turn the other characters into funny objects. He is a mere annoyance, not a threat or evil or anything.

    That being said, it works for this cartoon and I really like his character design. I just wish they could have made him a bit more interesting. Dormammu's voice is none other than Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund.

    The major guest star in this episode is Doctor Strange, with Wasp and Human Torch being minor co-stars. Juggernaut and Sabretooth make their SHS debut, and look for Wong and Thing who make non-speaking cameos!

    Doctor Strange is a character that usually bores me. There never seems to be enough substance to his character. His past animation cameos have been less than stellar, as was his DVD feature film.

    This version of the Doc doesn't do anything to make him more interesting, probably due to the superficial nature of this show. But he is funny, which cuts down on the boring factor. In fact, once Strange is 'cured' of his weirdness, he goes back to being quite dull!

    Overall, there are some funny moments in this episode but I found the writing to be different. It seemed like all the dialog depended on snappy one-liners and running gags (Dude, your head is ON FIRE!) which didn't seem to do anything for me.

    There is a balance between too much spoken humour and too much physical humour and this episode leans toward the spoken humour a bit too much. But I'm sure this didn't matter to the seven-year-olds the show is written for.

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    Tuesday, January 19, 2010

    New Clip From Crisis on Two Earths



    Still over a month away, Warner Home Video has released a new clip of Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths which is due to be released on February 23.

    Monday, January 18, 2010

    Clayface on Brave and the Bold?



    The above picture is a figure from an upcoming line of Batman: The Brave and the Bold Action League mini figures. These figures are only a few inches high and they feature mini super-deformed versions of the characters from the cartoon (think Super Hero Squad).

    I love these little toys and I think the designs are super cool, however, this preview of Clayface looks a little odd. It doesn't really look like any iteration of the character. Is this based on what he will look like in the animated series? I'm not sure if I like that. But I'll reserve final judgement when I see him in the show.

    Saturday, January 16, 2010

    Black Panther Premieres Tonight Down Under!



    Don't forget that Black Panther debuts tonight on the Australian network ABC3!

    Episode One, January 16, 8:15pm

    In a top-secret Washington meeting, Intelligence Agent Everett Ross briefs the government on the history of the Black Panther, the warrior king of the African nation, Wakanda. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, the Black Panther must compete to defend his throne in hand-to-hand combat. Featuring the voices of Djimon Hounsou, Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard and Jill Scott.

    Episode Two, January 16, 8:40pm

    Having been crowned the new Black Panther, T'Challa must contend with jealousy in the royal court while searching for the man who murdered his father. Unbeknownst to him, a deadly assassin named Klaw is assembling a team of super-villains to attack Wakanda.

    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Weekend Round-Up - January 15-18



    Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the US:

    Friday, January 15, 2010
    Cartoon Network, 7:30pm (ET/PT)
    Batman: The Brave and the Bold - The Golden Age of Justice!


    An aging JSA is faced with the return of their worst enemy, Per Degaton, as he returns from suspended animation to enact a plan for world-domination, while Black Canary helps Wildcat face his greatest regrets.

    Monday, January 18, 2010
    Nicktoons, 8:00pm (ET/PT)
    Iron Man: Armored Adventures - Uncontrollable


    The Hulk has landed in New York, and Pepper and Rhodey see that he's after someone - a kid named Rick Jones. Trouble is, Rick is being controlled - by The Controller. He's using Rick to manipulate the Hulk. The Controller wants revenge against AIM, and the Hulk is just the weapon to give it to him. When Iron Man arrives, he's able to free Rick, but at a great cost. The Controller now has Iron Man under his command, and it's up to Pepper and Rhodey to free time – with a little hep from their Incredible new friend.

    Please note:
  • The Super Hero Squad Show will return next week with new episodes.



  • Here is a list of new superhero cartoons debuting this weekend in the Canada:

    Sunday, January 17, 2010
    Teletoon, 12:00pm (ET/PT)
    Iron Man: Armored Adventures - Panther's Prey


    Iron Man is tracking an international thief named Moses Magnum right to AIM's secret headquarters, but someone else is after Magnum as well... the Black Panther. Magnum stole something that belongs to the Panther, and the Panther aims to get it back, even if he has to go through Iron Man to do it.

    Please Note:
  • The Marvel Super Hero Squad Show will return soon with new episodes.
  • The premiere date for season two of Batman: The Brave and the Bold has not been announced.
  • Wednesday, January 13, 2010

    New Spectre Information and Pictures!



    Warner Home Video has released some new information about the upcoming Spectre short film:

    From the creative forces behind the PG-13 "DC Universe Animated Original Movie" line, "DC Showcase" puts the spotlight on favorite characters from throughout the annals of DC Comics in fascinating, short-form tales sure to entertain longtime and new fans alike.

    The Spectre focuses on a detective story with an ethereal twist, featuring the otherworldly character originally introduced by DC Comics in 1940. The short is written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (G.I Joe: Resolute). The voice cast is led by Gary Cole (Entourage) as the title character and Alyssa Milano (Charmed) as Aimee Brenner.

    The Spectre will be distributed February 23 by Warner Home Video as part of the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Blu-ray/DVD.

    "DC Showcase" is a co-production from Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Video and DC Comics. Bruce Timm is Executive Producer. Future "DC Showcase" titles include Jonah Hex (written by Joe Lansdale).

    Three images have also been released featuring the Spectre, Detective Corrigan and Aimee Brenner, and special effects wizard Drew Flynn.






    The Spectre will be packaged with the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray, which will hit the stores on February 23.

    Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Games of Doom




    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 8
    Season Episode Number: 8
    Production Number: 4007
    Airdate: November 9, 1979

    Writer: Jeff Scott
    Director: Bob Richardson

    Voices: Joan Van Ark (Spider-Woman), Bruce Miller (Jeff Hunt), Bryan Scott (Billy Drew), Lou Krugman (Police Chief), Unknown (Jacques LeRhode, Rigor, Morton, Bruce Thompson, Female Athlete, Pilot, Announcer, Alexis, Alexis' Manager, Coach, Asian Athlete, African Athlete, Police Officer, MC).

    Plot: All the athletes at the World Athletic Games are being replaced by androids, including Jessica Drew who disguised herself as an athlete to go under cover.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Robot androids taking over the world is a tried and true plot in the history of science-fiction. But never before have I seen a villain try to take over the world by winning all the gold medals at the Olympic Games (called the World Athletic Games here due to a copyright on the term "Olympic Games").

    This show is usually full of extra-terrestrial or otherworldly beings, but Games of Doom brings it back down to Earth with a fun story and an incredibly funny twist ending!

    I have to question the methods of the villain, Jacques LeRhode, who gains all the gold medals by having his androids break all the world records. Wouldn't that cause a lot of attention? Wouldn't all the athletes be tested for steroids? And wouldn't Jeff and Billy have major questions after seeing Jessica break the long jump record?

    I also wonder about the timing of this episode. It jumps around from one side of the world to the other without taking into account time zones or even travel time!

    For instance: Jeff and Billy are trapped in a falling elevator but are saved by Spider-Woman (whose webs in this episode have even more incredible powers than Spider-Man's webs from the '67 series). Spider-Woman then takes off for Moscow to stop the villain, leaving Jeff and Billy in the elevator. After she defeats LeRhode, she returns to the Justice Magazine HQ and releases Jeff and Billy from the elevator. If you take travel time into account, Jeff and Billy must have been in the elevator for three days!

    This was still a fun episode and one of the best from this short-lived series.

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    Monday, January 11, 2010

    The Fate of Equinox!




    Season: 1
    Episode Number: 26
    Season Episode Number: 26
    Production Number: 124
    Airdate: July 25, 2009

    Writer: Joseph Kuhr
    Director: Michael Chang

    Voices: Diedrich Bader (Batman), Greg Ellis (Dr. Fate), Oded Fehr (Equinox), James Arnold Taylor (Nabu), Tom Kenny (Plastic Man), John DiMaggio (Aquaman), James Remar (Two-Face), Unknown (Skinny).

    Plot:With the help of Dr. Fate, Batman arms himself with the powers of his allies in order to bring down Equinox, who has become an eternal being.

    Teaser: Batman faces off against Two-Face.

    Review (Warning! Spoilers!): Season one wraps up with an episode that was not the best of the season (I think the two part Owlman episode should have closed the season), but certainly not the worst.

    The Equinox subplot that was built upon in When OMAC Attacks is fully realized in this episode as Equinox takes centre stage as he tries to bring balance to the galaxy.

    Since Dr. Fate follows the will of the Lords of Order and Chaos, it makes sense that he would be the one to lend a hand as Batman battles this baddie.

    One major thing that I have had to get use to in this show is the amount of science-fiction in this show. To me, Batman has always been grounded more in reality than Superman, Green Lantern and the rest. This school of thought definitely comes from watching too much Batman: the Animated Series.

    But I have let my self believe that Bats can fly through space, travel through time, battle dinosaurs and aliens and I have really enjoyed this show.

    But now, this is the first time Batman goes up against a cosmic being and I find that I little hard to swallow. I find it even more difficult to believe that he was able to defeat him, even with the added superpowers.

    Speaking of added superpowers, you can always tell it is a season finale when everyone shows up to the party! Special guest stars in this episode (other than Dr. Fate) include Aquaman, Plastic Man, Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Red Tornado and Black Lightning, as well as Green Lantern, Flash and Fire who have yet to star in their own episodes.

    Having Batman gain the powers of all of these heroes made for a cool action sequence, and I applaud the writer/director for actually having Batman use each of the individual powers in a practical way. However, not even Super-Batman could make me believe that he could accomplish the task of bringing down Equinox.

    This episode was not bad, but I guess I had my hope up for a stellar season finale which was not delivered. This was especially obvious to me since the episode followed a fantastic teaser featuring Two-Face in a classic showdown. This is Batman to me and this teaser only made me wish that the whole episode was devoted to it.

    Oh well, vast majority of this season was spectacular. I am looking forward to season two!



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